Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mushrooms near our house

Originally uploaded by Mr Snootyhamper
I noticed these mushrooms popping up a few days ago, and went back yesterday to take some pics now that they are fully open. Sadly, they've been damaged a bit, but they're still impressive and quite beautiful.

They were growing under a cedar tree, and when I first noticed them they were almost pure-white round bulbs pushing through the cedar leaf litter.

Now they have brown, cracked caps and amazing brown gills. I'm not sure what they are exactly (I left them instead of collecting a specimen to do a spore print), but I might have a shot at identifying them using my copy of Mushrooms Demystified...

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